JUNE 2, 2010
In the last two years, the Sumba Foundation has seen a very significant increase in health program activities and coverage area.
We have treated more than 24,000 patients at our clinics and treated more than 4,000 confirmed malaria cases. The increase in numbers is due to the expansion of our project areas – which more than double the project population.
We added two new clinics as well as hosting two very successful Sumba Eye Programs.
The 2009 year was primarily focused on consolidating the existing health program activities and expanding some of the project areas. New initiatives started in 2008 have been continued, such as the Sumba Eye Program.
Over the past year 163 eye operations have been performed by Australian Eye surgeons. However, our most significant health program expansion has been the development of the Goldman Sachs/SF Malaria Microscopy Center in Sumba.
This center will significantly expand the Sumba Foundation’s international profile and is the first step in our efforts to get island wide coverage. All of this has only been possible through the many generous donations to the Health and Malaria Programs.
Thank you from all of us in Sumba.
Dr Claus Bogh Health/Malaria Program Director